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May 9, 2014, 11:40 AM

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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Beats founder Dr. Dre seemingly confirms Apple acquisition in a now-removed Facebook video, still visible on YouTube  —  Did Dr. Dre just confirm that Apple is buying Beats for $3.2 billion?  [Updated] … Apple is rumored to be acquiring Beats Electronics in a landmark deal worth $3.2 billion.
Wall Street Journal:
Beats' CEO Jimmy Iovine industry clout could help strengthen iTunes Radio, generate more ad revenue  —  Apple in Talks to Buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 Billion  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to bolster its streaming-music business with a proposed $3.2 billion deal to acquire Beats Electronics LLC …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Why Apple Is Betting Big on Beats: Hardware for Now, Streaming for Later  —  Apple is set to make the biggest purchase in its history: A $3 billion-plus deal for Beats, the company that sells high-end headphones and recently launched a streaming music service.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple in final talks to acquire Beats for $3.2b, deal could be announced next week  —  According to the Financial Times, Apple is in late-stage talks with Beats to acquire the music streaming and headphone maker for a deal worth $3.2 billion.  The deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to the report.
Om Malik:
On Streaming: Apple, Beats & Spotify  —  In response to the rumors that Apple was buying Beats Audio for $3.2 billion, I sent out these three tweets.  — Someone wrote that Apple will get design help from Beats Audio.  LOL.  Beats design is done by an outside agency, started by ex-Apple peeps.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Beats' CEO Jimmy Iovine in talks to join Apple as Tim Cook's “special adviser” on creative matters  —  Beats Electronics boss Jimmy Iovine is in talks to join Apple  —  Beats Electronics boss and veteran music industry executive Jimmy Iovine is in talks to join Apple as a …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Apple hires Ari Partinen, senior engineer who worked on Nokia's PureView camera technology  —  Apple just hired one of Nokia's PureView camera experts  —  Now that Nokia is out of the smartphone game, many of its key engineers are undoubtedly considering their options.
Michael Gold / Reuters:
Apple launching 4.7" iPhone 6 in August and larger model in September, claims Taiwanese report  —  Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August, earlier than expected -report  —  Apple Inc will unveil the next incarnation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers …
Luke Westaway / CNET News:
Netflix price hike is $1 extra per month, £1 in UK and €1 in Europe  —  The new, higher price only affects new subscribers, the streaming service says, with existing Netflix customers exempt from paying extra for two years.  —  Netflix  —  Netflix has issued the first details …
Mark Josephson / bitly blog:
Bitly accounts compromised; change API key, reset password, and reconnect social accounts  —  Urgent Security Update Regarding Your Bitly Account  —  We have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised.  We have no indication at this time that any accounts have been accessed without permission.
Dave Lee / BBC:
UK ISPs agree to begin sending out warnings to customers who pirate content from next year  —  Deal to combat piracy in UK with ‘alerts’ is imminent  —  Lawyer Steve Kuncewicz: “There's no punitive backstop to any of this”  —  After years of wrangling, a deal between entertainment industry bodies …
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost:
Facebook Rolls Out Audience Insights, Expands Targeting Capabilities  —  Appealing to audience-obsessed advertisers, Facebook just expanded its ability to target users based on their demographic traits, geography, and purchase history.  —  Unveiled on Thursday, the new Audience Insights service …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
OnePlus One review: A $300 phone that looks, feels, and acts like a premium device  —  OnePlus One review: a $300 smartphone has never looked so good  —  Look at your phone.  If you can honestly admit that you love every single thing about it, I have good news: You can stop reading this review …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intel Pays Up To $30M For A Personal Assistant Platform From Ginger Software  —  Apple has Siri, and now Intel has Ginger.  The chipmaker has made one more acquisition to bolster its advanced computing and artificial intelligence holdings: it has purchased selected assets, and hired talent …
More: GeekTime
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
GE Buys Wurldtech To Beef Up Internet of Things Industrial Infrastructure Security  —  This morning General Electric announced it had completed a deal to buy Wurldtech, a Vancouver-based cyber-security firm that protects big industrial sites like refineries and power plants from cyber attacks.
More: Business Wire and ZDNet
Ina Fried / Re/code:
ZTE Starts Selling $99 Firefox OS Phone in the U.S., Via eBay  —  While Firefox OS remains targeted at first-time smartphone buyers overseas, China's ZTE said Thursday it will start selling a model in the U.S. via eBay.  —  The ZTE Open C is listed for the “Buy It Now” price of $99.99.
Jonathan Berger / The Box Blog:
Box Notes for lightweight editing leaves beta, rolls out now, available to all by early June  —  Box Notes is Here!  —  It's a big day for Box and the Box Notes team!  Today we're starting to roll out Box Notes to all users, and we expect it to be live for everyone by early June.

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